The 2010 American Le Mans Series will feature both scheduling stability to go alongside its dynamic class restructure after the calendar for the new season was revealed at Road Atlanta.
The calendar, which focuses on the Series' cornerstone endurance events while providing continuity at its established venues, ranked among the highlights during the American Le Mans Series' annual State of the Series address ahead of this weekend's Petit Le Mans. The famed Georgia road circuit will be the closing venue for the 2010 season - and reward class winners with invitations to the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans - with the 58th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring once again serving as the season-opening event.
“I cannot envision a better way to open and close our season than showcasing our two crown jewel endurance races,” ALMS CEO Scott Atherton said, “Both events, as we have seen this year, attract the premier teams from around the world and generate the largest crowds for sports car racing in North America. In between, we will race on some of the best and most historic road courses and street circuits this side of the Atlantic in business markets that are important to our teams and constituents.
“This schedule will no doubt enable us to continue to grow our ever-expanding fan base and television audience.”
Following the season opener at Sebring on March 20, the American Le Mans Series rolls westward to Long Beach on April 17 where it will be Saturday's feature race in a doubleheader weekend with the IndyCar Series at America's oldest and most prestigious street circuit. The next event is a historic first – a six-hour endurance event at Monterey's Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca - which will run into the darkness on Saturday, May 22.
The traditional summer break will allow a selection of the American Le Mans Series' top drivers and teams to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, before the season's second half begins with two dates in July - Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah on July 10 and Connecticut's Lime Rock Park on July 24. A trio of races fills the schedule in August –Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 7 as part of another doubleheader weekend with IndyCar; Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., on August 22; and another visit to Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada on August 29.
The 13th annual Petit Le Mans, the 1,000-mile/10-hour cornerstone event of the American Le Mans Series, will close the season on October 2.
2010 American Le Mans Series schedule:
20 March Sebring Twelve Hours
17 April Long Beach 1hr 40mins
22 May Laguna Seca Six Hours
10 July Miller 2hrs 45mins
24 July Lime Rock 2hrs 45mins
7 August Mid-Ohio 2hrs 45mins
22 August Road America 2hrs 45mins
29 August Mosport 2hrs 45mins
2 October Petit Le Mans Ten Hours/1000miles